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Objective 1: Promote Optimal Use of the Millennium System in GAELIC member libraries

Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

III news              

Innovative Interfaces, Inc.has endorsed the recommendations of the Knowledge  Base and Related Tools (KBART) Working Group, (comprising NISO and the UK Serials Group) to improve data quality in the knowledge base supply chain. Read more>>>

Neil Block is named as the new Innovative Interfaces President who will cover sales, marketing, product development, and customer service. He will report directly to Jerry Kline, Founder and Chairman of Innovative Interfaces. Read more>>>>

Report back from the :IUG-SA 9th Conference on Millennium Maximized! :

Congratulations to UNISA for winning the GAELIC floating trophy for the most presentations

Read more here >>>>

Technology notes

Eric Griffith writes: … perform some consistent maintenance for a PC to treat you well in return…. 14 things you can do to repair your relationship with your computer.      (from PC Magazine, Oct. 8)

Seth Rosenblatt show you how to remove malware infections from your computer. FAQ and this How To video (3:40)
CNET: Download Blog, Oct. 19

Sean Fitzpatrick writes that he realized from reading the ‘11 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2011.’ How nearly all are relevant for libraries (from AL: Perpetual Beta, Dec. 1)

  • now generates QR codes Read how you can automatically generate QR codes which can be used by a mobile QR code reader to direct you to shortened links. To create a QR code, visit, write or paste in a URL address, click “shorten,” and add .qr to the end of the generated link.   (Mashable, Oct. 13)

  • The Desk Setup
    21 librarians reveal what hardware and software they use and what their dream setups are. By Brett Bonfield

15 useful mobile apps for conferences
15 apps that are helpful at conferences and events but maybe not so useful elsewhere. By Aliza Sherman (GigaOM, Oct. 20)


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Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

Bibliotheca Alexandria adopts the use of the Summon web-scale discovery service to modernize access to its expansive collections through an integrated search of all types of content—print, digital and every format in between – from a single search box. Read more

  • Microsoft Windows is 25 years old!!!  

25 years of Microsoft Windows
Preston Gralla takes you through the image gallery highlighting the system’s development.  Computerworld, Nov. 19

Are users customers? The architects of the new library in Almere, The Netherlands designed the library using the appeal of a retail store. Books are arranged in themed zones rather than by call number and are displayed cover out, spine out, or in small piles. The meandering bookcases create an adventurous, textured environment….
Contemporist, Nov. 18   

Booking to the future
The Colorado State Library conducted a survey to check current library professionals’ predictions for the future of the paper book.  From an  American Libraries feature

The Association of College and Research Libraries comes up with the more tools.  Along with other very valuable reports such as  Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians (PDF), the 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries, and the Value of Academic Libraries report, the ACRL has now compiled the new ACRL Plan for Excellence (PDF) and invite comment and input.

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Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

First bookless academic library branch?
The University of Texas at San Antonio claims to have the USA’s first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It has the seating capacity for 80 people and offers students a rapidly growing collection of electronic resources that includes 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journal subscriptions….UTSA Today, Sept. 9; UTSA College of Sciences News, May

The UK Royal Mail has launched the world’s first “intelligent” stamp, the first to work with image recognition technology. It launches online content when used in conjunction with an  iPhone or Android smartphone. Users place the camera over the stamp, which then launches the online content. Read more>>

World Book Night…. 5 March 2011.

One million books will be given away free in the UK and Ireland.  Some 20,000 volunteers will hand out 48 copies each of their favourite book from a 25-strong list and a further  40,000 will be distributed by organisers. Continue reading the main story

Books on the list include Atwood’s The Blind Assassin, Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s, Nigel Slater’s Toast, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi

Noteworthy Reads

Stress test for reference librarians
“People think librarianship is easy”   Dealing with stress and burn out.  

Wait! You can’t retire without sharing that with us

Worried about succession planning – you are not alone.. Are you worried about the departure of staff with well-honed reference skills, years of experience a deep knowledge of the collection and traditional resource>  Read more>>>about what to do about retirement’s brain drain.”…  American Libraries feature

The role of Information Literacy in the provision of virtual reference services at the enquiry desk”
by Daniel Beck in Journal of Information Literacy (4.2) Available here

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Cataloguing Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

Recently Released: “Guidelines for the Assignment of ISBNs to E-Books and Apps”

The International ISBN Agency has issued a set of guidelines and FAQs to assist national ISBN agencies, publishers, intermediaries and other interested parties in the appropriate identification of digital publications, including “apps”. Direct to Document (3 pages; PDF) (Source: International ISBN Agency  See Also: E-books and ISBNs: a position paper (International ISBN Agency, February 2010) Hat Tip: D. Dillard and Net-Gold )

WorldCat. New record use policy

“WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative”       effective August 1;

outlines the rights and responsibilities associated with stewardship of the WorldCat bibliographic and holdings database by and for the OCLC cooperative.   Read more>>>

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Objective 1: Promote Optimal Use of the Millennium System in GAELIC member libraries

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

The Group held a very successful Show and Tell workshop once again at the National Library of south Africa. Presentations can be found on Slideshare at  Slideshare Fotim

IUG-SA 9th Conference on Millennium Maximized! : to maximize the products in Millennium in order to make the most of our integrated library system. Organized by IUG:SA (INNOVATIVE USERS GROUP SOUTHERN AFRICA) from 10-12 November 2010. 10th to 12th November 2010, at the University of Botswana (Botswana)

Maybe we need to consider this option…….No More Library Cards at UK School: Fingerprint Scanning Now Being Used to Checkout Materials (Read the comments From Popular Science June 7th )

Medical students at University given text books on iPhones
Read more by Sean Coughlan of BBC News

American Library Association has published a very useful guide to library space and buildings in the 21st century … The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space, a research study conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart.


some good advice here

How to conquer your feed reader
are you “overwhelmed by their Google Reader, so much so that not only are they regularly declaring Reader bankruptcy”?Here are some suggestions for mastering it.”…
From Librarian by Day, Sept. 28

Five tips for keeping track of your passwords
“some great tools and services available to users to not only keep your passwords secure, but to also make them accessible and usable from multiple computers or web browsers” Five favorites
From My Life Scoop, Sept. 20

How to recover broken MP3 files

If a file suddenly has choppy sound or doesn’t play at all, and if a collection of songs can’t be added to iTunes, here are some apps that will help you detect the fault.”

From MakeUseOf, Sept. 21

Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report An  ACRL report  which can be downloaded

Measuring the impact of libraries The Free Library of Philadelphia has partnered with economists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government to conduct an economic impact study on why people use the library and how it affects their lives.”…
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 19

The future of online socializing
The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts consulted in the Pew Research Center’s fourth Future of the Internet survey (PDF file). Read what they have to say about email, social networks, and other online tools
Pew Internet and American Life Project, July 2

Need to edit an MP3 file? ….. With the free Online MP3 Cutter you can extract just a few seconds of audio from a larger file without losing any sound quality in the process.

From Instructify, Aug. 24

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Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010

South African Journal of Information Management has published its very first full-text article online for 2010  Read more here>>>>

Virtual bookplates : Enhancing donor recognition and library development

By Steven CarricoJason Fleming and Betsy Simpson read more here>>>>

What they don’t teach you in library school
ALA Editions has released What They Don’t Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett. Teaching the basic skills of being a librarian—how to catalog books, how to clarify a reference request, how to run a story hour. Doucett offers the inside scoop on what else a librarian really needs to know….
ALA Editions, Sept. 20

Read more about Skype adds 10-way video calling
The latest beta release of Skype is now offers 10-way calling facility. To test out this new feature, download the Skype 5.0 beta update.”…
Instructify, Sept. 10

Lorem Ipsum Ever wondered what this means?
Lorem Ipsum is dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. It has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of Latin type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting. The text actually comes from a garbled version of sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Ends of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 B.C….  Read more here>>>
Lorem Ipsum Generator

Turn your blog into a PDF book
Richard Byrne writes: Blogger users who want to turn the contents of their blogs into e-books. BlogBooker is a free service that allows you to turn the contents of your Blogger blog into a PDF.
Free Technology for Teachers, Aug. 30

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Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

UNESCO-supported training on information literacy for rural teachers from South Africa

June 2010. The Departments of Informatics and Information Science of the University of Pretoria have organized training on information literacy at Kgoro primary school, located in Zithobeni township, South Africa. Funded by UNESCO, the training aims to provide teachers with basic skills in ICT and information literacy. Read about it here

New design of One Laptop per Child – now for older pupils.

Read the article by Jonathan Fildes of BBC News>>>>>

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

A survey finds that librarians spend an average 22 minutes a day reading print publications relating to their job and an average 10 minutes a day reading library-themed blogs. Read about the report by Jill Laster   (CHE March 5, 2010)

An insight into the 4G future by Paul Taylor Read more>>> May 27 2010

Thanks  to the CILIP Newsletter

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Five Tips For Successful Webinars Good webinars need to have a relevant topic and a great presenter, Read up on tips to help you achieve this>>>

Digital Cameras in the Reading Room’. This “Capture and Release” report presents practical suggestions on best practices for allowing digital cameras in special collections reading rooms. From OCLC >>>

10 Simple Google Search Tricks by Simon Mackie Read more from the New York Times

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Library Transformation Charter: The 6th Draft of the Library Transformation Charter can be found on the National Library site. Read Chapter 4 section c  (Page 27) about University Libraries.

Download the full 2010 Horizon report . Read about the Key Trends ; a comprehensive look at Electronic Books and the academic environment ; and Six new technologies to watch are just a few fascinating subject covered.

Longshots Library Podcast Celebrates its 200th Episode with an interview

of Dr. Peter Lor on how February 11, 1990, the day Nelson Mandela walked out of prison, was a turning point. He also relates how libraries have strived to play a part in the educational and cultural development of the country after apartheid.

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Security Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

Check your Facebook – advice from the New York Times..

3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now Read about them>>>

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

  • Learn how to add a caption to your YouTube video. Read how >>>>
  • How to do almost anything online in 2010” from how to guides. For example: HOW TO guides to : measure social media ROI; plan and promote events with social media ; use wikis for business projects ; retain customers; write a novel using the web and more
  • Need help with editing and managing your digital photos? Read about 10 downloads that could make your life easier [PC World, Feb. 2]
  • Phil Bradley provides tool for working with RSS: Creating & submitting feeds, readers, news  aggregators, tags, tagging.  Read more>>>>

Posted in April 2010, Noteworthy, ProcessesNotes | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »